Thursday, 26 November 2015
Good day Vietnam!
Monday, 23 November 2015
New songs will certainly come later next year. I had written lots of music that has not been used, and will make excellent material for new songs. At 3am we were done with the recording. A. went home to work on something she had to finish before the morning. When will she stop? I felt so grateful to her generosity and her love.
I was so exhausted myself, I decided to do the editing after a few hours of sleep.
This year has been quite a testing one for me.
Saturday, 14 November 2015
Thursday, 5 November 2015
Nothing comes to light
He immediately called a taxi and rushed her back to the hospital. The eye had got infected. The doctor was furious, yet understood the situation: my mother was also suffering from the Alzheimer disease. Certainly she forgot that she had just come back from the hospital where she had the operation and wondered why she had this bandage on her eye. Were we in
Friday, 30 October 2015
Jay has faith. I am still searching for new ways to give the film a truly personal sonic mood, away from the usual boring and formulaic cute piano music, and make Jay proud of his new work.
Thursday, 29 October 2015
TIQFF - 2nd edition
Wednesday, 28 October 2015
Don't dream it's over
Wednesday, 14 October 2015
As I was trying to find sleep last night, and was slowly lulled by Max Richter's music, I felt a strong longing to see my family.
Max Richter's eight-hour long concept album Sleep worked more like drug on me. I had no clue where I was and the music transported me to another dimension, between wake and sleep.
And I recalled how music was always being played at home when I was a child.
This Dinu Lipatti EP is one of the few records that have remained from the time my mother was a young student in Paris. I made sure to bring it with me to Taiwan when I moved. I can still recall how often she would play it on our small turntable. Dinu Lipatti playing Bach. "Jésus que ma joie demeure", as the French translation goes. Highly precious...
Sunday, 4 October 2015
An old man was dozing peacefully on the MRT, his head resting against the glass window pane, when the sound of an American cavalry bugle startled him awake. It was his wife calling him.
Tuesday, 1 September 2015
Lady be good
Monday, 10 August 2015
The Spring of the Immortals
I shall try to come back next year. The connection with the gods, the elements, the blue dragonflies, the cold spring and its red sparkling water…
Saturday, 8 August 2015
Last days (in Kokkino Nero)
There are some heavy, dark clouds looming in the horizon...
|A relaxed moment between rehearsal|
Thursday, 6 August 2015
The Greek gods III
I told Karen about a custom we have in Asia: whenever we are to perform anywhere, we have to pay our tribute to the local divinities, pray to have their blessing. Be it Japan, Taiwan, Thailand or Vietnam, we have always done that. Once, during the performance of Second Skin at the CloudGate studio with Huang Yi, we forgot to do so, and the answer didn't take long to come: when the rehearsal went very smoothly, right before the performance, the iPad I was supposed to use to control parts of the music and the costume stopped to function. Prayers came too late. The divinities were angry.
I suggested that the whole team gathered together before the last performance and gave thanks to whoever, whatever god or divinity there was - Mount Olympus... the Greek gods...? Didn't it occur to anyone? When I think of it, it isn't just an Asian custom. They do so in Western countries as well. Karen welcomed the idea. "I never thought of that!".
Wednesday, 5 August 2015
The Greek gods II
Monday, 3 August 2015
Heaven on the mountain
Friday, 31 July 2015
The Greek gods I
|Mount Olympus in the distance. But not so far away...|
Never forget the Olympians. How could Karen not think of that?
Thursday, 30 July 2015
Monday, 27 July 2015
Friday, 24 July 2015
Five year old boy
I didn't realise it then, young as I was. It came back to me much later. But I subconsciously knew where I was heading to. Life is just a game, even though many of us aren't aware of it.
Sunday, 12 July 2015
We went through all the technical aspects of the show. All was well. I felt so happy to be in
Salmon, potatoes, corn and an apple pie on the menu. “That’s the tradition” Evelyn told me. “And also talking about how great
I am to fly back as quickly as possible. Adam would get me the next flight. I still hope I will be fast enough in my work to secure some time to see a few friends.
I was really looking forward to be in
As Karen had pointed out too often than not: I was paid for that job, and therefore was expected to do as I was told.
Wednesday 8th: Dinner with the Sanfilippo sisters, Vanessa and Cynthia. Could it just hang in the air, so I can enjoy it for a longer time?
Our last encounters were tense to say the least. I know that I should not accept any job offer if I don't believe in it. In my case, easy money is certainly not an option.
We celebrated both Vu An and my mother's birthday. Garden party, grilled steak provided by my brother. Vu An once again showered with presents. I even got one myself: a Bose portable music speaker. My brother has been quick to understand that I liked that object. The timing couldn't have been better: it would offer a few moment of solace in Greece!
The family mood was happy. But I was too cross with Karen to fully enjoy it.
Saturday, 4 July 2015
Part of the process
Part of the process.
Tuesday, 23 June 2015
Music of the Sphere
Monday, 22 June 2015
If music be the food of love...
Friday, 19 June 2015
In the land of the Gods
Tuesday, 16 June 2015
Sunday, 14 June 2015
Reunion with AnPu
Thursday, 28 May 2015
un Espace Vert
Fortunately – or not, I didn’t have the time to go to
Un Espace Vert (click on title to open)